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Development is something we all aspire to, but also readily criticize for failing to live up to our hopes of sustained improvement in human wellbeing. This book presents findings of systematic research into the contested meanings of development and wellbeing from a country, Peru, which has recently experienced both rapid economic growth and deep social conflict. A mix of ethnographic and questionnaire data from seven poor urban and rural communities straddling the Andes is used to describe and analyze local and global interpretations of their inhabitants' pursuit of wellbeing.


Description


Development is something we all aspire to, but also readily criticize for failing to live up to our hopes of sustained improvement in human wellbeing. This book presents findings of systematic research into the contested meanings of development and wellbeing from a country, Peru, which has recently experienced both rapid economic growth and deep social conflict. A mix of ethnographic and questionnaire data from seven poor urban and rural communities straddling the Andes is used to describe and analyze local and global interpretations of their inhabitants' pursuit of wellbeing.


Reviews


'This is a very welcome addition to the development literature on Peru both because of the richness of its data and its innovative and methodologically rigorous use of the idea of wellbeing to extract generally applicable insights. An ethnographic approach and a long period in the field in seven poor Peruvian communities, chosen to represent a rural-urban continuum, result in compelling data on how people perceive their situation, on their goals and their experiences of migration and community institutions. The contributors successfully illuminate the differences in the patterns of wellbeing, showing why these differences do not necessarily correspond to objective differences in poverty, education, or employment. The volume concludes with the general implications of their findings for Peru, for international development policy and practice and, finally, for advancing well-being research and theory'
-Bryan R. Roberts, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin; Director of Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies


Contents


Introduction; J.Copestake
Resources, Conflict, and Social Identity in Context; J.L.Alvarez, M.Arrollo, L.Carhuallanqui, J.Copestake, M.Jaurapoma, T.Lavers, M.Obispo, E.Paúcar, P.Reyna& J.Yamamoto
Subjective Wellbeing: An Alternative Approach; J.Yamamoto& A.R.Feijoo
Economic Welfare, Poverty, and Subjective Wellbeing; J.Copestake, M.Guillen-Royo, W-J.Chou, T.Hinks& J.Velazco
Wellbeing and Migration; R.Lockley, with T.Altamirano& J.Copestake
Wellbeing and Institutions; J.L.Alvarez
Reproducing Unequal Security: Peru as a Wellbeing Regime; J.Copestake& G.Wood
Conclusions and Implications for Development Policy and Practice; J.Copestake
Implication for Wellbeing Research and Theory; J.Yamamoto


Authors

JAMES COPESTAKE is Lecturer in Economics and International Development at the University of Bath, UK.